Comparing Fahrenheit 451 with the Island

The dystopic novel, Fahrenheit 451, is directly related to the movie, the Island. The main character of Fahrenheit 451, Montag, can be juxtaposed in both similar ways and contrasting ways to the main character of the Island, Lincoln. They are both curious, adventurous, and willing to break the law in order to discover the truth. Montag steals books from the fires he burns and reads them in an attempt to uncover the truth of society. He also killed Captain Beatty because he felt obligated to continue his mission, so he evaded the law. Lincoln escaped the society that he lived in because he realized that there was more to life and that he has been manipulated into believing in the ‘contamination’. The difference between Montag and Lincoln is that Montag was motivated towards his mission by Clarisse, who was an outside influence. Lincoln, on the other hand, felt the motivation because, independently, he discovered a bug. The bug implied that there was a real world, outside the institution. Both societies revolve around authority and power. Although, in Fahrenheit 451, the government burns books because they believe it is in the best interests of the citizens. It is believed that education hurts the consciences of individuals. In the Island, Dr. Merrick does not acknowledge what is in the best interests of the clones, even though they are true and real people with emotions. Fahrenheit 451 and the Island are dystopic potentials of today’s society. They exhibit circumstances that could arise if the futuristic world were to experience a series of disastrous events.

-Meghan T

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~ by meghan66 on June 13, 2010.

2 Responses to “Comparing Fahrenheit 451 with the Island”

  1. The message between both 451 and The Island is quite similar to Feed in the sense of we know too much. Without advances in technology and changes in society the world we live in today would not be what it is. Clearly there is a downside to the maddness of knowledge. If you could go back in time, where would you draw the line?

  2. My book is a little diffrent, that while your book (451) seems to encourage individualism, the primary society and the Thoguht sahpers in my book are all about the collective, be it in mind or in appearance

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